# Little c

prosoccer
Posers and Puzzles 28 Jul '07 06:17
1. 28 Jul '07 06:17
This is something that has puzzled me for a while, where does the small 'floating' c in some names such as McDougall or McCarthy come from and what is it called? You can't make the c go above the other letters on the computer but when you write some names by hand that is what you do.
2. AThousandYoung
All My Soldiers...
28 Jul '07 06:59
Sounds like you're talking about superscript. I don't think I've seen the c in Mc superscripted before though.
3. agryson
AGW Hitman
30 Jul '07 18:35
Originally posted by prosoccer
This is something that has puzzled me for a while, where does the small 'floating' c in some names such as McDougall or McCarthy come from and what is it called? You can't make the c go above the other letters on the computer but when you write some names by hand that is what you do.
I don't know what it is called, but the Mc is an abbreviation of the gaelic "mac" meaning son. McDougal=MacDougal=Son of Dougal.
The reason that the c is put into superscript is because it is an abbreviation, a bit like when "numbers" is abbreviated to N°. This is derived from the first and last letters of the French "numero".
4. agryson
AGW Hitman
30 Jul '07 18:36
Incidentally it is increasingly common to exclude the superscript and simply leave the c in normal script. Possibly because it's hard to do with a keyboard.
5. 30 Jul '07 22:18
Originally posted by agryson
Incidentally it is increasingly common to exclude the superscript and simply leave the c in normal script. Possibly because it's hard to do with a keyboard.
Well thank you. I looked on wikipedia after athousandyoung said the name of it but it said only a few letters could be superscripted, and c wasn't one of them. It's good to know that my family isn't a bunch of drunken fools in how we spell our name.